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Rahena’s story

You never think it will happen to you. I had this flat. It was in a rundown bit of town with a fair bit of vandalism and graffiti and stuff, and the landlord was really dodgy. But I loved my flat, I really did. I spent a lot of time decorating it and making it nice inside. You’d never believe it was so welcoming behind the smashed up front door. It always smelled of coffee and spices and I had lots of plants and cushions. It was great to go back to it after a long day.

But then I lost my job and I couldn’t pay my rent. I tried to talk to the landlord but his attitude was ‘get out’. He wasn’t interested in housing benefit or anything like that. I said I would get another job, but one day when I was out looking for work I came back to find three men in my flat. They said they lived there now and they pushed me out on to the street. All my belongings were still inside. They just helped themselves. But that was my home. The landlord turned up and said that if I told anyone, the three men would kill me. I believed him.

I went to stay with my family and I got another job. I’m ok now. But I miss my flat. I wonder if they ever water the plants.

Continue: Simon’s story
© CTBI and MTAG 2014

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Welcome

  • What is a home?
  • What do you feel about homeless people?

Scripture passages with questions

  • Garden of Eden
  • Babylonian Captivity
  • Jesus has no home
  • Jesus’ mother at the Cross
  • Prodigal Son

Art/images on the theme for reflection with questions and exploration

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

  • Appreciating your home
  • Understanding homeless people better

Thought

  • Brief thoughts from different people about home and homelessness.
  • Questions for discussion

Prayers

For those who have lost their homes. With images for reflection

Research

Websites to explore on the theme of home; homelessness; refugees and asylum seekers

Diary/blog

  • What have you noted down for consideration?
  • Other bloggers; Comments from young people piloting the project

Theology

Theological reflection on home and heaven

Hymns and other music

Choose from Hymns; chants; psalms; classical music; contemporary music

Media

Video clips, TV episodes, Films, Books, Contemporary music

Footsteps of Jesus

  • How did issues of home and homelessness affect Jesus?
  • Matthew 2. 13-15 The Escape into Egypt
  • Luke 4. 16-30 The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

Stories

Reflective stories
  • Manda’s story
  • Tanya’s story
  • Rebekah’s story
With questions for discussion

Reflections

Story telling
Real life stories
  • Dev’s story
  • Rahena’s story
  • Simon’s story
  • Ana’s story
  • Carl’s story

Recipe - suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

  • Megan’s story; the work of the Salvation Army
  • Making soup to share with others

Dispossession - how am I changing?

  • Going home....what will I leave behind?
  • What new things will I take home with me?
  • Info